RUMFORD – Dieter Kreckel, MD of Rumford, has achieved the degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the national medical association representing 93,700 family physicians, residents and medical students. The degree was conferred to approximately 300 family physicians during a convocation on Oct. 1, in conjunction with the academy’s annual scientific assembly in Orlando.

Established in 1971, the AAFP degree of Fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development. Fellowship entitles the physician to use the honorary designation “Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.”

Criteria for receiving the degree consists of a minimum of six years of membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education, participation in public service programs outside their medical practice, conducting original research and serving as a teacher in family medicine.

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